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    Hi All,

    Is there anyone out there researching 500 Squadron 1942?

    I am trying to find photos of 3 airmen killed in a crash on the Isle of Lewis, So I am wondering if anyone has photos of these airmen? Perhaps taken in a group.

    They are:

    Pilot F/O John D.B.Rigby. RAFVR B-Sanwick, Stornoway.
    Radio/Mech Sgt Bernard F.C.Rixon. RAFVR. B-Hoddesdon,Herts.
    W/AG F/O Frank R.Hancock. RAFVR. B-Sandwick,Stornoway.

    All killed in Hudson FH375 on the night of 31/7 - 1/8/42

    I have all details of the loss & burials etc, but am just looking for photos of these
    airmen.

    Regards
    Dave.

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    Hi Dave
    207 Sqn hosts a list of Sqn Associations which they try to keep updated .They have -500 (County of Kent) Squadron Old Comrades Association ,Fred Insole, Lifestyle at the Oyster Box, Royal Star Arcade, High Street, Maidstone, Kent ME14 1JL: tel 01622 685423 [FWH1004]
    If it is still viable it might be a source of photos or more information
    Regards
    Dick

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    Thanks Dick,

    Worth a try, I`ll drop them a line.

    Regards.
    Dave.

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    Hi Dave,

    I have dug around the family backgrounds to these airmen and have some handy looking leads if you are interested in getting in touch with surviving relatives as a possible source of photos.

    H

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    Howdie,

    Thanks for your message, I would very much like your leads on these airmen, I tried to find relatives myself but was unsuccessful. I would like to know more of your interest,Can you contact me off board please at the e-mail address in my profile.

    Regards.
    Dave.

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    Hi Dave,

    I will send an email as you ask. For the benefit of yourself and others curious about my postings I may say this.

    I am researching my wife's father's RAF career up the point he went missing in action over France in 1943. Over the past three months I have received a great deal of help and support from the various RAF experts on these boards.

    Recognizing the multitude of tragedies that these aircraft losses represent, and the continuing repercussions they have had, discernible still after more than 60 years, I apply my family history searching experience and skills to help others searching for further infomation about these remarkable men.

    I hope that this goes some way towards helping to put a human face on these tragedies and to pay back for the wonderful help that the experts have given me.

    Howard

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